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THZ Book Club |"Exile Music" by Jennifer Steil

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 2 Adar II 5784

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

As a young girl growing up in Vienna in the 1930s, Orly has an idyllic childhood filled with music. Only vaguely aware of Hitler's rise or how her Jewish heritage will define her family's identity, Orly spends her days immersed in play with her best friend and upstairs neighbor, Anneliese. Together they dream up vivid and elaborate worlds, where they can escape the growing tensions around them. But in 1938, Orly's peaceful life is shattered when the Germans arrive. They are finally able to get refugee visas for La Paz, Bolivia. While Orly and her father find their footing in the mountains, Orly's mother grows ever more distant, harboring a secret that could put their family at risk again. Years pass, the war ends, and Orly must decide: Is the love and adventure she has found in La Paz what defines home, or is the pull of her past in Europe--and the piece of her heart she left with Anneliese--too strong to ignore?

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